The Impact of Mixed Reality in Higher Education

Pre-conference Workshop Session 3

Brief Abstract

This workshop will address the impact of mixed reality of VR/AR/Holograms related to strategic planning, types of devices, mixed reality content, student engagement, faculty training, and workforce training. Participants and presenters will have the opportunity to engage in a forum to discuss best practices and lesson learned.
***This workshop is BYOD (Bring your own device)***

The fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop is: $205 Early Bird / $235 Full Price

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Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. is a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University. Major research studies include Strategic Planning for Emerging IOE (Internet of Everything) Smart Connected Mobile Devices for Education and Workforce Development. She has published and presented around the nation on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “App-ologist” due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000 + Apps that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from Pre-K to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and lifelong learning, according to one’s mobile device of choice). Melton is the winner of numerous awards; the latest being the 2016 Online Learning Consortium Fellow, 2016 Richard Jonsen Educational Technologies top honor for her lifetime work in educational technology, 2015 MERLOT Leadership Visionary Award, CDE Top 30 2014 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012, Technology WOW Award, 2013 eAfrica Innovator Education Award.
Denise Malloy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN. Her 20-year experience also includes teaching at University of Memphis & assisting faculty in practical uses of educational technologies, including the use of mobile devices, Web 2.0, Desire2Learn (LMS) and other technologies in teaching curricula. She was an Educational Technologies Trainer and eMobilization/Emerging Technologies Pilots Consultant for Tennessee Board of Regents, with duties that included testing, researching and evaluating emerging technologies, Android and IOS apps and mobile devices for educational use. She is now the Emerging Technology and Innovation Liaison for her institution, and a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Policy Analysis, Postsecondary and Private Sector Leadership concentration at East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Farah Bennani is the Associate Dean for Science and Math at the Colorado Community College Online. She holds a patent from her Doctoral research in Sciences in Microbiology, and an Analyst-Programmer Computer Sciences Degree. She served as the Allied Health Curriculum Expert at the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) developing remote-web based science labs (RWSLB) and currently the Vice-President of the Colorado Distance Learning Association. She is the recipient of the Colorado System Office Immersive Learning and Game-based Learning grant for her microbiology project Outbreak. She teaches across the Biology curriculum face-to-face, hybrid, flipped and fully online courses using adaptive, project-based, game-based learning, augmented reality and apps.

Extended Abstract

This pre-conference workshop is designed for a deep dive discussion of possibilities and challenges of mixed reality in enhancing teaching and improving learning. Mixed reality content designers will also provide a highlight of their latest mixed reality content and accessories.There will also be hands-on demonstrations of 'Mixed Reality' including virtual reality, augmented reality, and holograms.Come experience the latest innovations of the Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Sony VR Playstation, Samsung Gear, and Microsoft Holograms